William McNeal "Bill" Laney, 80, of Idaho Falls, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at his home in Idaho Falls.
He was born July 17, 1931, in Troup, Texas, the son of Lonnie Hubert and Dessie Evelyn King Laney.
After graduation from Troup High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. Bill then worked in various mechanical engineering positions for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas; Todd Shipyards in Galveston, Texas; and INEL Lockheed in Idaho Falls. He retired from Lockheed in 1992. While working full time and raising a family, Bill obtained a bachelor's degree in physics from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
He married Rubye Waller in 1950, and they had a son, Michael Douglas Laney, and a daughter, Beverly Anne Laney. They later divorced.
In 1970, he married Joyce Woy, and they have been residents of Idaho Falls since 1976.
He was a member of the Sociables Club of Idaho Falls, Red Baron R/C Modelers Club and the Masonic Lodge of Troup, Texas. Bill enjoyed building R/C models, golfing, fishing and aviation.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce W. Laney of Idaho Falls; son, Michael D. (Brenda) Laney of Owasso, Okla.; daughter, Beverly A. (Craig) Slayton of Fort Worth; a sister, Jo Ann Dulany of Henderson, Texas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
At Bill's request, private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls.
Online condolences from the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.